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    DescriptionDISCOVER THE SECRETS OF WHAT MAKES A MEGA-BESTSELLER IN THIS ENTERTAINING, REVELATORY GUIDE What do Michael Corleone, Jack Ryan, and Scout Finch have in common? Creative writing professor and thriller writer James W. Hall knows. Now, in this entertaining, revelatory book, he reveals how bestsellers work, using twelve twentieth-century blockbusters as case studies--including "The Godfather, Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, "and "Jaws." From tempting glimpses inside secret societies, such as submariners in "The Hunt for Red October, "and""Opus Dei in "The Da Vinci Code, " to vivid representations of the American Dream and its opposite--the American Nightmare--in novels like "The Firm "and" The Dead Zone, " Hall identifies the common features of mega-bestsellers. Including fascinating and little-known facts about some of the most beloved books of the last century, "Hit Lit "is a must-read for fiction lovers and aspiring writers alike, and makes us think anew about why we love the books we love.

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    Hit Lit
    Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century's Biggest Bestsellers
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James W Hall
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 294
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    ISBN 13: 9780812970951
    ISBN 10: 0812970950

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15710
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: DSB
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    BISAC V2.8: LIT007000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    B&T General Subject: 495
    BIC subject category V2: KCCD, D
    BISAC V2.8: LIT012000
    BIC subject category V2: DSR
    BISAC V2.8: EDU043000, BUS073000
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    DC22: 381.45002097, 381/.450020973
    DC21: 381.45002097
    LC classification: Z1033.B3 H35 2012
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    Random House Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Trade
    Publication date
    01 May 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    James W. Hall is the author of seventeen novels, four books of poetry, two short-story collections, and a book of essays. He’s also the winner of the Edgar and Shamus awards.
    Review quote
    "Passionately and thoroughly entertaining....Hall examines 12 of the most successful novels of the 20th century and 'reverse-engineer[s]' them, mining their separate defining qualities and their comparative appeal to readers...Referential and cleverly elucidated, the book raises many good points about the precise methodology of bestselling novels." --"Kirkus Reviews" "Fascinating. Every would-be writer, and every knowledgeable reader, should read this book. It brings a valid understanding to publishing phenomena that seemingly were unexplainable. With this book, you see the forest and the trees." --MICHAEL CONNELLY "I learned more about fashioning a bestseller from "Hit Lit" than from any other book, or any experience, I've encountered in my thirty-five years as an editor and publisher. Even established and successful authors need this guide." --OTTO PENZLER